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Unlocking New Career Opportunities for Residents

Workforce development plays a pivotal role in helping low-income, underserved community members thrive, for which reason in the past two years, HEC has provided job training opportunities for transitional age youth and older adults in construction and forklift operation.


When HEC launched its first Forklift Training, we received more than 465 applications and only had the capacity to fill 24 spots. The two-day forklift training program provided participants with training and certification on the operation of a forklift, followed by job readiness workshops that included: creating a resume, interview preparation, dressing for success, building healthy workplace relationships, and financial literacy. When they completed the program, they received a $100 gift card, along with their forklift certification card.


For some participants, the program helped them pivot into a career in forklift operation, while others had previous experience and now the formal certification will help them secure a higher paying, permanent forklift job. The program consisted of a very diverse group, including residents who were previously incarcerated, some in transitional housing, and almost half were women, who are often underrepresented in this industry.